The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
After a poor backwoods family discovers black gold on their land (oil, that is), they make a killing and move to a fancy mansion in Beverly Hills. Naturally, their down-home ways amusingly conflict with their new, affluent environment in this comedy inspired by the popular 1960s sitcom.
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Critic Reviews for The Beverly Hillbillies
Four writers worked on the script, and they all should hang their heads in shame.
It's thin stuff, but the ingratiating naivete of the characters and the aw-shucks friendliness of the cast are disarming, and it becomes easy to just let this go down as a country tune with some moonshine on the side.
Tomlin finds the humor and the heart in these hillbillies. The rest is just crude oil.
Imagine the dumbest half-hour sitcom you've ever seen, spin it out to 93 minutes by making it even more thin and shallow, and you have this movie. It's appalling. It's not even really a good version of whatever it was that made the TV series appealing.
With films like these, it's a wonder studios still think it's a good idea to regurgitate the past.
This big-screen expansion boasts one of the richest comic ensembles in recent memory, working well under Penelope Spheeris... About all that's missing is a point.
It's fitting that The Beverly Hillbillies is based on a popular sitcom, given that the film feels perfectly suited to the small screen.
Eee-hah! But Granny madeover?
Annoying director, pointless project.
Was this really necessary?
You knew it would be awful and it surely did not disappoint. The few stray chuckles seem to arrive by accident.
For nostalgia, watch the series in syndicated reruns for free; for the kids, just give them a good book. They'll thank you for it later.
Audience Reviews for The Beverly Hillbillies
I've seen this comedy so many times back in the day, though far from good, this a mediocre comedy to say the least. The film did possess a few good laughs, but the acting was not good and the script was pretty bland. For mild entertainment value, the film does its job. If you're looking for a great comedy that's memorable, then this isn't it. The film is mediocre to say the least, and this film is quite forgettable. The Beverly Hillbillies is not a film that withstands multiple viewings. The film makes you laugh, but the problem is that there's really no substance to its plot. Mindless entertainment comes to mind when I think of this flick, and overall it's mediocre. This is one of those films that could maybe have been good, instead it suffers far too much from a poorly written script. Though this is better than The Dukes of Hazzard film, this one still lacks anything to truly please an audience. This film is mildly amusing with a few good laughs, but is never anything good or great either. Director Penelope Spheeris succeeded once with a comedy with Wayne's World. This comedy is mediocre with a few good laughs here and there, but misses the mark at being a good comedy.More
I like remakes of shows sometimes and this was one of them. I find that I like this one just as much as the old version. Varney lends a serious tone and is nothing like Ernest and I enjoyed seeing him do something more dramatic. I love Ernest but I always knew Varney was capable of pulling off a more serious role. He was outstanding in this and 90% of the reason why I watched it. When I saw Varney come down the stairs in a black hat, pants, jacket and a white shirt, I thought, "Weeee, doggie. Seeexxxyyy." Lily Tomlin was just hilarious and I couldn't help but have a smile on my face when she appeared on screen. I realized that with her, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman, it was a 9 to 5 reunion. Diedrich Bader as 'Jethro Bodine' was so mindless and I cracked up when he thought he had figured out how to bowl. He kind of reminded me of Ernest, but without the charm. I like Lea Thompson but I hated her character, 'Laura Jackson'. She was a cold hearted con artist and 'Woodrow Tyler' was no better. But Rob is great in this one as well. Cloris Leachman was a hoot as 'Granny' and I've been a fan since I saw her as the witch in 'Hansel and Gretel'. Erika Eleniak as 'Elly May' was fitting and I think she did a great job. It was so funny to watch them shoot people the bird because they thought that was how people said 'hi' in CA. But, I'll still have to say that Varney rules!! One of my favorite lines was, "That's real nice, son. This here's what I carry". And Varney picks up a huge rifle and points it at those hooligans.More
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